Archive for ‘Free Speech’

Supreme Court Asked to Save Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First?” Copyright | Hollywood Reporter

by   |  04.25.17  |  Copyright and Trademark, Free Speech

Heirs to the comedic duo present a “critically important” question about a “new rule” robbing contributors to old movies of ownership rights. More »

Ninth Circuit: Tattoo Parlor Owner Has Standing to Bring First Amendment Claims | Rocky Mountain Sign Law Blog

by   |  04.25.17  |  Free Speech

Last week, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a tattoo shop owner had standing to challenge Long Beach, California’s zoning regulations. More »

Opinion | No, Gov. Dean, there is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment

by   |  04.25.17  |  Free Speech

“Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment,” says the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate. The Supreme Court, liberals and conservatives alike, has taken a different view. More »

Is asking IRS agents to leak President Trump’s tax return a crime (and constitutionally unprotected)? – The Washington Post

by   |  03.23.17  |  Free Speech

It may well be constitutionally unprotected solicitation of crime, though the law in this area is vague. More »

Argument preview: Court to consider social media access for sex offenders – SCOTUSblog

by   |  03.23.17  |  Free Speech

In April 2010, Lester Packingham’s traffic ticket was dismissed, prompting him to take to Facebook to celebrate. He posted that “God is Good! How about I got so much favor they dismissed the ticket before court even started? No fine, no court costs, no nothing spent . . . Praise be to GOD, WOW! Than More »

Judge blocks California law limiting publication of actors’ ages

by   |  02.27.17  |  Free Speech

The case was brought by IMDb, the move site. More »

The Seven Ws of Content-Based Restriction

by   |  02.21.17  |  Free Speech

Attorney Mark Bennett, the Houston-based author of this blog, spoke to Comm Law last semester about his appellate advocacy that has led to the invalidation of several criminal statutes on First Amendment grounds. What he’s written on his blog today is a great reminder of the state of the law. More »

Analysis | One newspaper in Colorado is standing up to charges of ‘fake news’

by   |  02.15.17  |  Free Speech

A possible lawsuit could test the definition of the most overused phrase in Trump-era politics. More »

Time to end partisan judicial selection – San Antonio Express-News

by   |  02.13.17  |  Free Speech

For years, reformers labored mightily to win approval of a proposed constitutional amendment to institute a merit selection system that would feature the gubernatorial appointment of judges, followed by an up-or-down retention election for succeeding terms. More »

NewsChannel 5’s Phil Williams to appeal ruling in libel case

by   |  02.03.17  |  Free Speech


Nashville television reporter Phil Williams plans to appeal a judge’s ruling ordering him to turn over the work he did on stories about Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk. More »